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Connect the Dots

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Connect the Dots


Cause and effect.
Cause and effect.
What part of
"do something, get a result"
is it that you don't get?

If you drink too much, you get a hangover.
Eat too much fiberless food, you get constipated.
Shovel down greasy, fatty foods you get heartburn.
It's not like you didn't anticipate it.

And just because the effects
aren't all so immediate,
doesn't mean that in the future
you're not going to have to deal with it.

Sometimes the results build on each other
'til they reach a critical mass.
Like eating junk food and sucking down soda
gradually builds into a big, giant ass.

Exactly like mainlining high fructose corn syrup
eventually adds up to Type II diabetes,
gangrenous limbs that need amputation,
blindness, impotence and kidney disease.

Packing in fats and cholesterol
from dairy products and meat
lays down deposits of solid lard
that clog up your arteries

and fills you with the agricultural poisons
on which the animals you feed on were fed,
the accumulation leading to cancers
of the prostate, the colon, the breast.

Smoking often leads to emphysema
and turns your lungs into rotting black mush.
People who make, sell and advertise tobacco
laugh all the way to the bank as disease eats you up.

The corporate pushers make profits
by making a corpse out of you,
and the less you connect the dots
the more corporations get over on you.




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Vi's works appear widely both in print and online. She conducts Poetry Workshops and gives readings in Central New York. Her latest chapbook is "Sine Qua Non Antiques (an Arcanum of History, Geography and Treachery).
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